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Support the Freedom to Marry: Austin City Council

As citizens of Austin committed to working together to preserve our culture of respect and dignity for all, we urge the Austin City Council to support the marriage equality resolution backed by Equality Texas, the Human Rights Campaign, the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and allgo, and sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Council Member Laura Morrison.

Dear Honorable Mayor Leffingwell and members of the Austin City Council,

As citizens of Austin committed to working together to preserve our culture of respect and dignity for all, we urge the Austin City Council to support the marriage equality resolution backed by Equality Texas, the Human Rights Campaign, the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and allgo, and sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Council Member Laura Morrison.

We are proud to live in a city that celebrates the diversity of all its residents and recognizes, through a series of nondiscrimination ordinances in the areas of housing, public accommodation and employment, the inalienable rights of each individual to obtain housing, to obtain goods and services in a public accommodation, and to work to earn wages and obtain a share of the wealth of this City through gainful employment, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, student status, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age.

We are proud the City recognizes that the denial of such rights through considerations based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, student status, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age is detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the City and constitutes an unjust denial or deprivation of such inalienable rights which is within the power and the proper responsibility of government to prevent.

Marriage provides legal and economic protections including access to health care, recognition of parental and custodial responsibilities, property rights, and other protections which are vital to the safety and security of every family, and is a powerful and important affirmation of love and commitment and a source of social support and recognition.

As the Supreme Court said in the 1967 landmark case Loving v. Virginia, "Marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very existence and survival."

Thank you for your leadership in support of the freedom to marry and for sending the message nationwide that the City of Austin values equality.
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This petition has a goal of 1500 signatures
51-75 of 1845 signatures
Number Date Name Location
1795 Wed Sep 26 21:41:07 EDT 2012 Jenny Vanderpool Austin, TX
1794 Wed Sep 26 21:36:16 EDT 2012 ana rivera-soto Laredo, TX
1793 Wed Sep 26 21:34:42 EDT 2012 Kelli Wiethorn Austin, TX
1792 Wed Sep 26 21:20:19 EDT 2012 Randal Teich Austin, TX
1791 Wed Sep 26 21:16:05 EDT 2012 Jennifer Ghigo Seguin, TX
1790 Wed Sep 26 21:09:04 EDT 2012 Kathy Sokolic Austin, TX
1789 Wed Sep 26 21:03:18 EDT 2012 Andrew Bridwell Austin, TX
1788 Wed Sep 26 21:02:28 EDT 2012 russell williams Austin, TX
1787 Wed Sep 26 21:00:29 EDT 2012 Tommie Richardson TX
1786 Wed Sep 26 20:55:28 EDT 2012 Jennifer Brunello austin, TX
1785 Wed Sep 26 20:54:25 EDT 2012 James Gorka Austin, TX
1784 Wed Sep 26 20:51:12 EDT 2012 Travis Arreaga round rock, TX
1783 Wed Sep 26 20:50:21 EDT 2012 Elizabeth Mack Austin, TX
1782 Wed Sep 26 20:48:09 EDT 2012 Barry Boyce austin, TX
1781 Wed Sep 26 20:42:42 EDT 2012 Nancy Call Austin, TX
1780 Wed Sep 26 20:42:23 EDT 2012 Stacie Brunner waelder, TX
1779 Wed Sep 26 20:39:32 EDT 2012 Taylor McCaslin Austin, TX
1778 Wed Sep 26 20:39:11 EDT 2012 Liza Chigos Austin, TX
1777 Wed Sep 26 20:38:24 EDT 2012 JT SMITH AUSTIN, TX
1776 Wed Sep 26 20:32:23 EDT 2012 Jason Freshly Austin, TX
1775 Wed Sep 26 20:31:29 EDT 2012 Robyn Frank Austin, TX
1774 Wed Sep 26 20:29:37 EDT 2012 Wright Roussel Kerrville, TX
1773 Wed Sep 26 20:27:44 EDT 2012 Mallory Julian Austin, TX
1772 Wed Sep 26 20:26:16 EDT 2012 Stacey Knupple AUSTIN, TX
1771 Wed Sep 26 20:24:16 EDT 2012 Dawn Dennis Abilene, TX
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